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Faraday Road - Lenton

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Photograph courtesy of English Heritage - Britain from Above

Raleigh Handbill 1928

Photograph taken from Google Maps - 2008

This image, showing the Raleigh factory with Faraday Road running across the bottom of the shot, was taken by Aerofilms in 1931. The photograph comes from English Heritage's collection of aerial images covering the period 1919-1953. The website in question is Britain from Above, launched in 2012 by English Heritage and the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Wales, which offers free public access to more than 15,000 aerial photographs.
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This second aerial view of the Raleigh factory with Faraday Road in the foreground has been taken from a 1928 Raleigh handbill which listed the addresses of all the official Raleigh dealerships across the country.

This third aerial image was taken from Google maps in 2008 and shows the layout of the housing estate built off Faraday Road once the Raleigh factory complex had been demolished.

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

The junction of Ilkeston Road and Faraday Road with the White Horse in the foreground. One of its claims to fame is that the pub was featured in the film of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning when Arthur Seaton, played by Albert Finney, falls down the stairs having consumed a considerable amount of alcohol.

The same view in the early 1970s. The fish and chip shop, which in this photograph occupied the ground floor of the adjoining property, is no longer with us having been converted into a domestic dwelling.

What was once part of the gas works and later open ground used by Raleigh to park their lorries on is now the site of the Raleigh Park student housing complex.

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

Looking along Faraday Road towards its junction with Ilkeston Road it is all new buildings with the exception of the White Horse, the rear of which can be seen in the middle distance.

An access point into the Raleigh Park complex built for Derwent Housing as student accomodation. A portion of Player's bonded warehouse is just visible in the far distance.

Another portion of the Raleigh Park complex stretches southwards along Faraday Road.

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

Access from Faraday Road to yet another portion of Raleigh Park student complex.

Looking back towards the Ilkeston Road junction with the Salisbury Street junction coming in on the right of the photograph.

An aerial view showing part of the Raleigh Factory premises situated on Faraday Road with the gasworks and the bonded warehouse complex dominating the middle distance of the photograph probably taken in the 1950s or 60s.

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

Photograph by Chris Richards - 1988

Photograph by Chris Richards - 1990

When the housing in the Salisbury Street area was demolished in the early 1980s the land was earmarked for industrial use. One of those to take up residence here is Trent Sheetmetal. Now that housing dominates the locality once more, industrial premises like these are clearly something of an endangered species.

Chris Richards took this photograph in 1988. In the foreground is a bricked-up entrance to the Raleigh factory and in the distance the section of the 'Raleigh' bridge spanning the road has already been demolished while the section to the right over the railway is still in place for the time being.

When Chris Richards returned to this neck of the woods in 1989 the factory buildings themselves were now undergoing demolition. Beyond this section of the Raleigh works lies the junction with Salisbury Street shown in the earlier photograph.

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

When Raleigh first moved to Lenton in the 1890s the original factory complex occupied this part of Faraday Road. When the Faraday Road section of Raleigh was deemed surplus to requirements it was demolished and the land sold off to a number of different house building companies in 1990s, each of whom erected a different style of property. These are the ones built on Heron Drive.

Most of the roads on this housing estate come off Heron Drive as it loops its way back to Faraday Road. This shot shows the other end of Heron Drive at its junction with Faraday Road.

The portion of land between Faraday Road and the railway was not very wide at this point. In one part of it Raleigh workers used to park their own bikes here while at work and on another part there were various buildings used as general stores. This portion of the redeveloped site houses a private nursery unit.

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

Photograph courtesy of Chris Jackson

The new road constructed on the old Raleigh factory site have an ornithological theme. This is Kittiwake Mews. One of the early photographs showed Heron Drive. A heron was incorporated in the Raleigh badge so this was an appropriate choice of name but we know of no specific link between Raleigh and Kittiwakes.

Once the Raleigh factory was up and running at Lenton houses, many of them subsequently occupied by cycle-hands were built in close proximity to the factory complex. These either side of the junction with Cycle Road are prime examples that are still with us.

Chris Jackson primarily took this photograph on 28 December 1985 because the Royal Worcester Down Passenger train was coming into view on the railway. However he also managed to create a record of the Raleigh carpark alongside Faraday Road then occupied by a single vehicle belonging to Midland Plant Installations.

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

Photograph courtesy of David Singleton

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

The narrow stretch of land between the road and the railway at Faraday Road's southern end has mainly been given over to commercial premises. The exception is the block of housing shown in this 2004 photograph.

Shops on Faraday Road not only took their custom from local residents but also from the thousands of workers employed at Raleigh. The sign above the entrance to this shop at 118 Faraday Road reads 'Cycles Stored' - a service provided by the proprietors Edward & Clara Blagden - the latter is shown standing in the doorway in this 1950s shot.
See 'Faraday Road Memories' below.

Looking back along Faraday Road from its junction with Cycle Road. The corner shop has ceased trading and this photograph, taken by Chris Richards in 1990, is prior to its conversion into a wholly residential property. Also visible in the shot is the 'bridge' which used to connect Raleigh's Faraday Road site with Triumph Road complex situated on the other side of the railway line.

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

The view from Faraday Road looking along Cycle Road. For most of their existence these Cycle Road properties looked out on to the Raleigh factory premises which ran the length of the northern side of the road.

From the Cycle Road junction on to Derby Road the properties are of an early twentieth century vintage and with a mixture of semi-detached properties, short lengths of terraced properties and the odd detached house. Built perhaps with a slightly superior class of resident in mind.

A view of Faraday Road looking back from the Derby Road junction in about 1910. Part of the Raleigh factory can just be seen in the middle distance.

Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004

The same section of Faraday Road as in the previous photograph but this one was taken in 2004.

Family Memories

Dave Singleton - Nottingham

My grandmother had a shop on Faraday Road close by the Raleigh factory in the 1940s and 50s. I used to stay there at weekends and in the school holidays. The steam trains would thunder past at night with their furnaces roaring and the stoker hard at it. During the working day electric three wheeled trucks full of metal bits and leaking pigeon's milk (lathe lubricant) would trundle between parts of the factory on Faraday Road and Cycle Road. Workers used to come in to the shop for five Woodbines and a cup of tea to be supped on the bench in the shop. There was a smell of metal in the air and tiny bits of scrap were always to be found on the cobbled roads and pavements.

Moving further afield I recall the walk to the Savoy Cinema on Saturday with a tanner clutched in one hand and a cone bag of sweets in the other for the kids' show. There was also the walk up to Hillside to see my Aunt and Uncle Hill at their home alongside the canal. We might walk from there over to Abbey Street along the canal towpath, past the narrow wooden bridge over the Leen overflow (a bit frightening for a small child). My 'proper home' (with my parents) was a house at the Beeston end of University Boulevard but there was a further link with Lenton in that we had an allotment at Hillside with a pump and hut with lace covered windows and a stove. It was idyllic up there wandering through the gravel lanes between the high hedges of the gardens and passed the arched entrances to the gardens with the smell of bonfires.

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